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As if Waterloo Road fans weren’t excited enough about the show’s return, Adam Thomas just teased that it’s set to be the ‘best series yet’.
All aboard the hype train!
Last year, the BBC confirmed the British high school drama would be getting a reboot after it was axed in 2016.
Thomas, who is set to reprise his role as the show’s OG bad boy Donte Charles, spoke about the upcoming new season while on a break from filming.
In a conversation with the Evening Standard, he said: “It’s going to be the best series yet. It has been great fun, really good and it’s exciting to get back doing what I love and seeing some new cast and old cast as well.
“It has taken me back down memory lane a little bit.”
As well as Thomas’ return, Katie Griffiths will be back as his on-screen wife Chlo Grainger, while his TV daughter Izzie Charles is being played by the actor’s real life niece Scarlett Thomas.
Taking to Instagram, the Waterloo Road star shared a picture of the two on the first day of filming.
“My very first day back @waterlooroad …not only was it my first day, but it was my first scene with my lil niece @scarlettjthomas26,” he wrote.
“Am just in awe of this girl, could watch her all day every day! …can not wait for you guys to see her in action!”
For anyone wondering why Waterloo Road was axed in the first place given its strong following, the BBC noticed ratings were declining and decided to pull it.
However, it remains a fan favourite and one of the top five most popular shows on iPlayer since its release on the streaming platform in 2019.
The series' return was inspired in part by the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on education in the UK in recent years.
Speaking about the announcement last year, Piers Wenger, the director of BBC Drama, said Waterloo Road is ‘the perfect lens through which to explore post-Covid Britain’ from the perspective of ‘young people in education’.
Cameron Roach, the executive producer, added: "I'm really thrilled to be working with the BBC and Wall To Wall, in re-igniting the iconic brand of Waterloo Road.
"The vital and urgent stories that are playing out in schools across the UK provide incredible and emotionally powerful themes that we're excited to bring to a new generation of fans.
"Waterloo Road will continue its reputation for kickstarting, supporting and enabling careers both in front of and behind the camera, in a truly inclusive way, from our base in Greater Manchester."
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